Alta Live: Humor Writer Blythe Roberson

Roberson’s hilarious new book will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew about road trips.

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Blythe Roberson’s hilarious new book will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew about road trips. Roberson, a comedian, humor writer, and borrower of Priuses, joins Alta Live to discuss her new book, America the Beautiful?, a guffaw-inducing romp through some of the country’s most popular destinations. We’ll talk national parks and eco-tourism, debate roadside snacks and freeway music mixes, and ask big questions, like “Is one really free if one must post pictures of one’s freedom on social media?” Hitch a ride with Alta Live for this not-to-miss event!

About the author:

Blythe Roberson is a comedian, a humor writer, and the author of How to Date Men When You Hate Men and America the Beautiful? She has written for the New Yorker, New York magazine, Esquire, and the NPR quiz show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

About the book:

There are only so many Mary Oliver poems you can read about being free and only so many times you can listen to Joni Mitchell’s travel album Hejira before you, too, are itching to take off. Canonical American travel writers have long celebrated the road trip as the epitome of freedom. But why does it seem like all those canonical travel narratives are written by white men who have no problems, who decide to go to the desert only to see what having problems feels like?

To fill in the literary gaps and quench her own sense of adventure, Roberson quits her day job and sets off on a Great American Road Trip to visit America’s national parks.

America the Beautiful? is a hilarious trip into the mind of one of the millennial generation’s funniest writers. Borrowing her midwestern stepfather’s Prius, she heads west to the loop of megapopular parks, over to the ocean and down the Pacific Coast Highway, and, in a feat of spectacularly bad timing, through the southwestern desert in the middle of July. Along the way, she meets new friends on their own personal quests, learns to cope with abstinence while missing the comforts of home, and comes to understand the limits—and possibilities—of going to nature to prove to yourself and your Instagram followers that you are, in fact, free.•

Harper Perennial

America the Beautiful?: One Woman in a Borrowed Prius on the Road Most Traveled by Blythe Roberson

Harper Collins

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